We are sorry that the church building will be closed for public worship whilst we are in lockdown. Worship will continue online until Pentecost (23 May) when we hope to meet in person in the church building
We realise these are difficult times for everyone. We pray you will know the comfort of God – our Immanuel, God with us – with you at this time and always.
Some services are live-streamed on Facebook.
Worship on Sunday 11 April was led by Deacon Ruth Yorke and other people from the church community
Join Zoom at 10:15 for a 10:30 start or watch the service on Facebook at 10.30am.
Click to go to our Facebook page now.
(You do not need a personal Facebook account to access the page and service)
Videos of previous services are available to see on YouTube
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled,
and do not let them be afraid. – John 14 verse 27’
You can follow daily prayer live online from Monday to Friday at 8.30am and on Tuesdays at 6.30pm with the Carrs Lane Lived Community. At 7pm on Tuesdays there is also a short reflection followed by a discussion on Zoom with those who choose to join in. Go to the Carrs Lane Lived Community Facebook Page
Find us on Facebook for updates and messages and to send us prayer requests. Go the Church at Carrs Lane Facebook Page
Whilst churches are not meeting there are a number of options for you to connect with worship this coming Sunday morning.
Birmingham Methodist District Live Sunday Worship
Our Methodist District will be streaming worship live this coming Sunday on their Facebook Page. Click on the above link on Sunday morning (22nd March) just before 10:30am to join them. You do not need a Facebook account to watch it.
Radio and TV (please remind friends who are not on the Internet about these TV and radio programmes)
We shall also post news in our News section.
Sharing in Worship
We would normally offer a range of worship styles and opportunities to share in prayer and worship. You will find different styles, different times, and different days. In our more formal services we draw on the traditions of the United Reformed Church and the Methodist Church.
All these acts of worship have one thing at heart, however: an honest attempt to understand what it means to respond to Jesus’ command to ‘Follow me’.
New ways to worship
We are currently developing new ways to offer worship with our regular congregation and with anyone who would like to access digital ways of coming together for worship.
Worship in usual circumstances
In normal circumstances on a Sunday, a good number of people gather to share in morning worship at 10.30am. This service is often fairly traditional in format (but not over-formal), with challenging, relevant teaching and a mixture of styles of music.
What to expect
Sunday morning worship lasts about an hour and refreshments follow the service. The theme of the service is always made clear at the beginning; it is often based on the lectionary readings, or arise out of a particular series of themed services. Whilst the tone is usually calm and ordered, we provide ample opportunity for full congregational involvement and participation. We provide a printed order of service, which is available to see in advance here.
The quality of teaching is important and the role of music is taken seriously: congregational singing is vigorous – the books in most regular use are the Methodist ‘Singing the Faith’, the URC ‘Rejoice and Sing’, and ‘Common Ground’ – and the music is complemented by the choir and the singing group. Whilst this service is recognisably traditional in format, great care is taken to ensure that it is accessible to visitors and that all feel welcomed and valued.
Communion is usually celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. The church has an ‘open table’ for communion so you do not need to be a church member. We use gluten free bread, and non-alcoholic wine is distributed in small cups. Occasionally there is also the option of alcoholic wine in the common cup.
At the present time, Junior Church comprises a group for young children. It is offered on most Sundays except on the fourth Sunday in each month when worship is informal and does not include a sermon. A children’s area is available every week in the church room.